Puerto Vallarta Begins Annual Release of Turtles

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July 1, 2012

With the participation of the Westin Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta, it is time again this year to begin the release of the sea turtles. This is an event that residents and visitors look forward to each year.

The objective is to protect this species in danger of extinction and has the support of authorities, hotels, restaurants, fishermen and the community of Puerto Vallarta.

Little by little, more people have become involved in this program with improving results each year.

From June to October, the Olive Ridley turtle reaches the beaches to lay 80 to 120 eggs.

When a spawning area is detected, it is reported to authorized personnel and eggs are transferred from the natural nest to a special care corral, or they are located and cared for on the site.

The eggs hatch (break the shell) between 45 or 50 days after deposit. The same day that they are born, at dusk, turtles are released with the help of qualified personnel of Westin.

All guests are invited to participate, receiving a certificate of adoption with the name of the participant and the chosen hatchling, as well as the date of birth.

The results have been increasing annually since the creation of this project.

In its natural state, only 20% of eggs achieve hatching and protected areas have been increased by 85%.

The main objective of the release of the sea turtles is creating awareness and educating participants about the importance of the conservation of all species, and allowing them to witness the daily miracle of nature.

The Westin Resort & Spa Puerto Vallarta is located in Marina Vallarta, Paseo De La Marina Sur 205, toll free telephone from US and Canada is 1-866-332-3590. Enter their website here.

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